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FIST FIGHT STAGED
WHILE COURT SITS
MEMBERS OF HIGH SCHOOL FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO FOUGHT
FLAMES IN JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL.
LA FRANCE MUST
RETURN TO PRISON
TTTE MORNING OTfEGONIAN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1914
Spectators in Judge McGinn's
Room Climb on Seats to
Command Good View.
FRED L. WIDELL IS VICTIM
Wlien Little Daughter, at Her Own
Iteqaest, Is Given to Father,
Mrs. W'idell and Two Friends
Slake Bodily Assault.
Deliberately taking1 off his coat,
Chris Johannesen walked across the
courtroom and struck Fred I. Widell in
the lace JuBt after Circuit Judge Mc
Ginn had awarded Widell custody of
one of his own children yesterday aft
ernoon. A general melee, in which
Theodore Johannesen, the other man's
father, and Mrs. Widell, alio took a
hand in belaboring' the former hus
band, for a time disrupted the proceed
ings of the court.
Wldeira face and nose were cut
badly. The two Johannesens were se
verely reprimanded by Judge McGinn
and later were turned loose.
The case on trial was the modifica
tion of a divorce decree issued some
time ago. Fred I Widell declared
through his attorney, Ralph Citron,
that Mrs. Martha Widell was not a
proper person to have charge of the
two children, Charlotte, aged 9, and
'Louise, aged 6. The Johannesens, who
said they were relatives of Mrs. Widell,
were in the courtroom with her.
Widell had Intimated that Chris Jo
hannesen was living In the same house
with Mrs. Widell In Yamhill County.
Ue wanted custody of both children.
"Let the children themselves decide
that point. Let's ask them who they
want to live with," said Judge McGinn.
He beckoned to Charlotte, the older of
the two girls.
Girt Wants Father.
"Do you want to live with, your
mother or with your father?" he asked.
"With my father," said the girl.
"And who do you want to live with,
Louise?" asked the court.
The 8-year-old girl hesitated, looked
at the Judge, at her father and at her
"I want to live with both," she piped
"That doesn't appear possible," said
Judge McGinn after a pause, "so I'll let
your mother have charge of you."
At this moment the courtroom was
crowded. Besides a large number of
spectators who usually throng Judge
McGinn's court, a new panel of jurors
ahnllt 50 of them had 1llwt f.nmf, in and
had taken seats in the rear of the
Just as the Judge made thla an
nouncement, Chris Johannesen rose
from his seat in the front row, pulled
off his coat, walked across the court
room where Widell was standing
against the railing, and struck him In
the face, cutting a large gash In his
Lawyer Advised to Mix In.
Widell struck back and the two
fought. The spectators promptly stood
on their seats to get a better view of
the affair. The court rapped for order,
but to no avail. The elder Johannesen
pulled off his coat and went to the
assistance of his son, and Widell was
down on the floor In an instant with
the two men on top.
"Hit him! He deserves It!" cried Mrs.
Widell, and she, too, rushed into the
Lawyer Citron rushed to the bench.
"i'our honor, they hit my client . in
the nose," he declared excitedly.
"Well, why don't you hit them in the
nose!" flashed back Judge McGinn as he
vainly hammered for order.
F, A. McMenamin, clerk, and Deputy
District Attorney Ryan rushed to the
railing and grabbed the belligerents.
In an instant they were separated.
Bailiffs Shafer and Noonan took charge
of them and placed the Johannesens in
Judge McGinn's chambers for safe
The Judge severely reprimanded the
father and son for starting the fight.
He did not remand them to the County
Jail, he said, because he realized that
they had struck Widell in the heat of
passion. He warned them, however, to
observe proper decorum in a courtroom
In the future.
PHOSPHORUS STARTS FIRE
Employes of Blnmaner-Frank Driv
en From Store by Fumes.
Nearly 100 employes of the Blumauer,
Frank Drug Company, at Park and Ev
erett streets, were chased into the
street yesterday by the smoke from a
barrel of phosphorus which took fire
in the acid room from spontaneous com
bustion. The fire was discovered about 1 P.
M., when heavy smoke began to roll
from the acid room. Believing that the
acids bad caught fire, the management
ordered all employes from the building
and called the fire department.
The firemen were unable to face the
fumes until Lieutenant W. H. Ring, of
truck No. 1, procured a smoke helmet.
He sprinkled water on the phosphorus
and stopped the fumes.
The fire was caused by the breaking
of the staves of the barrel, which per
mitted the water to leak off and ex
posed the phosphorus to the air. The
damage was about $200, chiefly due to
the breaking of the glass sidewalk over
" the acid room by the firemen.
$100,000 DAMAGES ASKED
Ti. M. Johnson Charges Alienation of
Suit for $100,000 damages for alien
ation of his wife's affections was filed
in County Clerk Coffey's office yes
terday by L. M. Johnson against Chris
topher T. and Rosabel Croddy.
Johnson declares in his complaint
that his health, feelings and finances
were damaged to the extent of 50,000
and asks 150,000 more as "exemplary
and punitive damages." Mrs. Croddy is
a sister of Johnson's wife, who was
formerly Miss Delia Davis. They were
married at Joseph, Or., in August, 1911,
and Johnson says his wife left him on
September 1. 1914.
13 AT EACH OF 2 FETES
Albert Pike Memorial Banquets Are
Held by Masons.
By a curious coincidence, two ban
quets of Masons of high degree were
held in Portland Tuesday night at each
of which 13 were present- The events
celebrated the annual memorial day
of Albert Pike, noted Masonic writer.
It is observed annually throughout
Masonic circles on December 29.
Thirty-third degree Masons held
their annual banquet at the Hotel
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Portland, P. S. Malcolm, inspector-general
for Oregon and head of the Ma
sonic Rite order in this state, presid
ing. Others present were General
Thomas M. Anderson, Louis Q. Clarke,
juage jonn a. cieiana. Judge M. C.
George. W. E. Grace, Wallace Mc
Camant, Donald MacKay, B. H. Nicholl,
Joseph Simon. D. W. Taylor, T. C.
Taylor. Portland, and Judge George H.
Knights Commander of tho Court of
Honor, next In rank in Masonry to the
thirty-third degree, held their annual
banquet at the Benson Hotel. Rob
ert A. Miller, president, presided
at the banquet and at the election
he was again chosen for that position.
- M. Wright was re-elected secretary.
Those present were: Robert A.
Miller. D. Soils Cohen, A. McCalman,
W, R. Ellis. Richard Martin. Jr., A.
M. Wright. George F. Hopkins, F. W.
Baltes, J. Francis Drake, Sig Sicbel,
James F. Robinson, Portland: W. H.
Hollis, Forest Grove, and B. H- Thomp
son. Bridal Veil.
SEWER BIDS. REJECTED
TAMPERING WITH FIGURES AFTER
SUBMISSION 19 SUGGESTED.
Commissioner Diek Recommends Mon
olithic Constrnetloa for Willow
Street Extension of Drain.
An irregularity In the bid submitted
by Gieblsch & Joplin, contractors, for
the construction of the Willow-street
extension of the East Stark street
trunk sewer, one of the largest sewer
projects undertaken by the city in sev
eral years, caused the rejection by the
City Council yesterday of all bids. This
is the second time bids have been dis
carded because of irregularities.
While no charges were made before
the City Council it was declared by
Commissioner Dieck that he suspected
the bid of Giebisch & Joplin had been
changed after the bids had been opened
and referred to the Department of
Public Works for checking. The bids
were open to examination by the con
tractors in the interim. At the time
bids were opened the firm of Guthrie &
MsDougall was shown to be the lowest
bidder. It is suspected that after that
time a unit price on the bid for the item
of lumber was changed from f 16.50
for each 1000 feet to $6.60 for each
1000 feet. The figure one of the 116.60
having been changed into a dollar
Commissioner Dleck yesterday rec
ommended that the contract be awarded
for monolithic instead of cement. Prop
erty owners of Montavilla, represented
by Frank S. Grant, protested against
this recommendation on the ground that
the monolithic construction would cost
them about 96000 more. The lowest
bid for cement pipe was $167,199.30,
while the lowest for monolithic was
MISS JEAN JPLE0D WEDS
Stenographer for Washington Gov
ernors Marrle'd to Karl Holloway.
OLTilPIA, Wash., Dee. 30. (Special.)
Miss Jean McLeod, executive stenog
rapher under Governors A. E. Mead and
M. 12. Hay, and for the last two years
under Commissioner of Public Lands
Clark V. Savidge, was married Tuesday
in Tacoma to fearl Holloway, formerly
an employe of the industrial insurance
Miss McLeod was, with one exception.
the highest salaried woman employed
by the state. She had the distinction
of handling the correspondence of six
acting Governors In all, for she was
also the stenographer during the short
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The price for single copies un
stamped is 5 cents each. Be
sure to send copies of The An
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ing medium, to your friends in
other states. Look for the
term of Governor S. G. Coegrove, who
died soon after taking office. She served
Lleuteaant-Governor Charles E. Coon
and Secretaries of State Sam Nichols
and I. M- Howell while they acted aa
executives during the absence from the
state of the Governor.
REPRESENTATIVE ON TOUR
Burns Man Investigating Keeds of
BURNS, Or., Dec. 30. (Special.)
Frank Davey, Representative-elect of
Malheur and Harney Counties, accom
panied by his wife, left yesterday for
He will so by way of Vale and On
tario to consult with prominent people
of Malheur County as to their needs
in a legislative way.
Man to Get $850 for an Eje.
ASTORIA, Or., Dec. 30. (Special.)
The case of John Martinous against
the Clatsop Mill Company was settled
today by the filing of a stipulation
that the plaintiff secure a judgment
for $850. The plaintiff, while working
In the defendant's mill, lost an eye.
Myrle Brown. Wilbur Carl and Cur
tiss McKlnney, three 17-year-old high
students at Jefferson High School,, were
instrumental, to a large extent, in sav
ing the building when it caught fire
last Tuesday night.
Myrle Brown, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Patrick Brown, 146 Sumner street, was
the first to learn of the blaze. He ran
to the nearest box and turned in the
alarm to the fire department. The
other two boys were at their homes
when the fire apparatus passed them.
They hastened to the school, where
Patrolman Kellog was entering the
building. With the officer, the boys
hastened to the scene of the flames
and turned the school fire hose on the
FUN FILMS PREVAIL
Noted Chaplin at Sunset in 30
Minutes of Laughs.
STAR HAS DUSTIN- FARNUM
Famous Actor Great Favorite in
Southern Classic, 'Cameo Kirb;.'
Sfarguerite Clark Is Peo
Charles Chaplin, in a 30-mlnute farce
entitled, "His Prehistoric Past." is the
feature at the Sunset Theater. The
Keystone comedies, as produced under
the direction of Mack Bennett, are
featured the world over, and in Port
land the Sunset Theater has first
choice of the Keystone output.
"His Prehistoric Past" starts with
a scene showing ' the Incomparable
Chaplin, in his usual garb. ' Overcome
by fatigue he picks out a soft spot
on a convenient park bench and falls
asleep. In his dreams time flies back
ward at an alarming rate and he soon
finds himself a wanderer In the stone
age. His adventures there are too
ridiculous to be described. Suffice to
say, that, in the entire 30 minutes,
there Is not a moment without a
Other films shown are a melodrama,
a drama and a romance. The melo
drma, entitled "The Kxposure," is a
two-reel newspaper, featuring Irene
Hunt, the popular Reliance film star.
The other films are of the usual high
standard of the Sunset Theater's selections.
GREAT FAVORITE IS AT STAR
Dnstln Farnum In 'Cameo Kirby"
Is Most Stellar Feature.
Dustin Farnum is one actor whose
popularity never wanes. Now that he
has turned from the legitimate to the
motion picture stage, he is more popu
lar even than when he created the
original stage roles of "The Squaw
man." "The Virginian." and Booth
Tarkington's famous romantic drama,
So great has been the success of the
Farnum picture version of "Cameo
Kirby," at the Star Theater since last
Sunday, with Dustin Farnum in the
feature role, that its engagement has
been extended for the rest of this week.
It will continue at the Star today, Fri
day and Saturday.
"Cameo Kirby" is one of the most
fascinating picture dramas ever pre
sented in Portland. And to see Dustin
Farnum in his original role of Kirby
is an artistic treat.
The first moving picture ever taken
of the new Columbia River Highway,
the greatest- scenic highway in the
world, and Its wonderful waterfalls,
are also shown. One of the remarkable
scenes is that of Multnomah Falls in
ita Winter garb of ice.
PEOPLES HAS GIBIi DRAMA
Marguerite Clark Is Star of Great
Film, "The Crucible."
Marguerite Clark, fascinating little
star of "Wildflower," is at the Peo
ple's Theater in "The Crucible." This
feature will prevail for the rest of the
There are few comedy parts in the
play, and because it is in comedy that
Miss Clark has heretofore been best,
her appearance in "heavy" roles has
surprised and delighted her many fol
lowers. "The Crucible" is by no means
all tragedy, but heart-rending tragedy
The girl craving for the love of a
mother and sister which is withheld;
the - deserted wife and baby; the sor
did drudgery of the reformatory; the'
stormy rebellion of the girls in the
home; Innumerable things which make
the life of a girl bitter and sad are
shown in the picture.
Never pnee does little Miss Clark
falter in the play. She works like
veteran and "The Crucible" shows the
result of her artistry.
The picture will be at the Peoples
Parole of Man Who Swindled
Insurance Companies 1s
Revoked by Governor.
MYSTERY NOT CLEARED UP
Despite Plea for Clemency In Con
sideration of Wife's Illness and
Family's Poverty, Prisoner's
Lips Are Sealed.
His parole revoked by Governor West
yesterday, J. C. La France, who
"faked" his own death to defraud in
surance companies. Is in the Multnomah
County Jail and will be taken back to
the State Penitentiary today by Deputy
On learning yesterday morning
through The Oregonian that his re
arrest was probable. La. France Imme
diately telephoned to Warden Lawson
at Salem that he was in Portland with
his family. On word from District At
torney Evans that there was still much
mystery in connection with the La
France case. Governor West already
had revoked the parole.
Yesterday La Franca voluntarily
went to the District Attorney's office
and met Deputy Warden Snodgrass,
who had the revocation in his pocket.
"If they want me back, they can
have me," he said. "I have been
punished as much as any man can be
punished. I have served more than the
minimum term of my sentence.
"After a long term of imprisonment,"
continued La France, as though enter
ing into a lengthy discussion, "a
prisoner is no longer a man. He can
be punished only so much. His sensi
bilities become blunted, he loses all
confidence in himself, he loses his
nerve, and is not able to look out for
himself after he is let out. That's
what too much punishment does. That's
what will happen to me if they send
Wife Declared Dying;.
"My wife is In the last stages of
tuberculosis. I have four children.
They are practically deperfdent on
charity now. If I was out of- prison
I might take care of them, but what am
I to do? I thought the other day I
could take care of them all right. My
wife gets 2J a month from the state,
but that's not enough to take care of
herself and the children."
La France was paroled December 23
and passed Christmas with his family
After a long conference between Dis
trict Attorney Evans and Deputy War
den Snodgrass, La France was called
to the office in the hope that he might
tell where he got the body which was
substituted for his own.
Paroled only a few days and with the
prison again staring him in the face,
the destitute, condition of his family
fresh in his mind. La France still stead
fastly refused to give the information.
"No, I've said enough. I won't tell
He signified his willingness to go
back to the Penitentiary for an indefi
nite term rather than reveal hU secret.
Prosecutor Is Greeted.
Deputy District Attorney Kyan. who
took a prominent part in the prosecu
tion of La France for obtaining money
under false pretenses, walked into the
- "Hello, La France," he said, "do you
"Remember you!" exclaimed La
France as he shook hands cordially.
"I don't think IH ever forget you."
The two then began another discus
sion of the case the same discussion
they had gone over many times while
La France's case waa pending. The
Identity of the body which La France
had used was talked over again.
"I did hear," said La France, "that
some undertakers here said they knew
about it, but I don't know. That's only
what I heard."
Ryan laughed at the story he had
heard so- many times and La France
laughed with him.
"A lot of publicity was given my
case," said La France. "It was even
printed across the water. I saw some
thing about it in an English news
paper." He appeared to take a sort of morbid
pride in his crime, but nevertheless it
could be seen that the thought of going
back to the Penitentiary . weighed
heavily'on his mind.
AXOTITER CHARGE IS PEXDIXG
Parole of J. C. La France Made by
Governor on Advice of Hoard.
SALEM. Or.. Dec. 30. (Special.)
Upon the request of District Attorney
Evans, Governor West today revoked
the parole of J. C. LaFrance, who was
convicted in Multnomah County of de
frauding Insurance companies by pre
tending that he was dead and providing
a dead body. Deputy Warden Snod
grass, of the State Penitentiary, went
to Portland tonight to return the man
The Governor said the parole was
recommended in the usual way by the
Parole Board, and that he did not know
when he freed the man that the Dis
trict Attorney wished to try him on an
other charge. La France, who is work
ing for his brother-in-law near Lents,
called the superintendent by telephone
early this' morning and asked what he
bad better do, announcing that he had
been informed Mr. Evans wished to
prosecute him on another charge.
Colonel Lawson advised him to see the
District Attorney at once.
"As I understand the case," said
Colonel Lawson, "the Multnomah au
thorities are - not satisfied with the
length of time La France served. They
would be willing to drop the other case,
I think, if we kept him here five years.
His sentence was from one to five
"The presiding Judge made no recom
mendation regarding the parole, simply
informing the Board that it should use
its own discretion. That also waa the
attitude of Sheriff Word, so inasmuch
as La France was eligible for the parole,
the Board decided to let him go, not
knowing that Mr. Evans opposed it.
He defrauded, I believe one insurance
company and one fraternal order, but
was tried on only one of the counts in
the indictment. He may be tried on the
other one now, but there will be no use
of a trial, since the Governor has re
voked the parole.
"La France was a good prisoner, and
we had not the slightest trouble with
him. The Board received numerous re
quests to parole him when he became
eligible for parole, and there was noth
ing out of the ordinary In its action."
'I aid not probe into the particulars
of the case," declared the Governor,
"but simply followed the recommenda
tions of the Parole Board. District At
torney Evans today advised me that he
was gathering evidence for additional
charges against the roan, and upon his
suggestion I revoked the parole."
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NEW TEMPLE RISING
Many Volunteer to Erect
Structure for Revivals.
DENOMINATIONAL LINES GO
Workers Toil All Day Despite Rain
and Great Headway Is Made on
East Side Tabernacle Mot
Luncheon Served by Women.
Denominational lines were smashed
to pieces and creeds were thrown to
the winds yesterday morning, when the
volunteers assembled to put up the
tabernacle at East Eleventh and East
Morrison streets for the union meet
ings which start Sunday night. In
fant baptism, foreordlnation and elec
tion cut no figure with the require
ment to get a job on the building. The
only requirement the foremen insisted
on was the possession of a hammer or
saw and the ability to hit a nail on
the head occasionally. More than 55
volunteers presented themselves for
work at 8:80 A. M. These were mem
bers of all denominations and some
who were not members of any. E. J.
Uulgan. evangelist, was there to dem
onstrate his ability to ha.ndle a ham
mer and saw as well as interpret the
Bible. Rev. John D. Nlsenwonder, ot
the First United Brethren: Rev. E. .
Hornschuch, First Evangelical; Rev.
A. Lt. Hutchison, Third Presbyterian;
Rev, E. J. Davis, Interdenominational;
Rev. T. "W. Lane, Centenary, and oth
ers from all East Side churches led the
The construction of the tabernacle
went forward in the morning rapidly.
In the afternoon the rain interfered,
but most of the men continued at
Building Partly Inclosed.
The tabernacle was partly Inclosed,
and it is hoped to complete the struc
ture today, ready for the inside finish
ing, including the singers' platform
aixi the, seating of ' the tabernacle,
which can go forward with the roof
inclosed. The tabernacle will seat 3000
persons. It is 140 by 100 feet, and
will be heated by several stoves.
At noon yesterday the entire crew
were provided with a hot luncheon In
the basement of Centenary Church by
the women of the several East Side
churches, associated for the union meet
ings. It was a social hour, and after
wards the men returned to work.
Workers' 1,1st Given.
The following is a list of the volun
teers and the denominations represented
at the erection of tltejiabernacle:
N. Kennedy, 81 yeaiSorof age. Cen
tenary Methodist; Rev. At. I Hutchison,
pastor Third Presbyterian Church; Rev.
T. W. Lane. Centenary Church; Rev.
John D. NiBewonder, First United Breth
ren; Rev. E. D. Hornschuch, First Eng
lish Evangelical: Rev. E. J. Bulgln,
evangelist; George M. Link, manager
union meetings; A. L. Teeters, Meth
odist; B. F. Moore. Methodist; W. O.
Zeigler, United Brethren; L. Nelson,
non-church; J. L. Vierey, Quaker; Zs". E.
Rassico, Evangelical; F. U. Leo, Cal
vary Baptist; Harold Leo, Calvary Bap
tist; "VV. A. Zimmerman. East Side Bap
tist; W. A. Caldwell. Presbyterian; O.
B. Trotter, Centenary Methodist; Al
bert Haynes, First United Brethren;
A. O. Sisson, Hawthorne Park Presby
terian; C. E. Dougherty. Evangelical;
L. J. Scott, Trinity Methodist; James
Affle; J. R. Chassey, People's Church;
H. E. Jacobs, "V". C. True. Methodist;
Samuel Hoffman, Centenary Methodist;
Clarence Hamar. Centenary; O. R.
Toevs, Third Presbyterian; A. J. "Wind
nagh. Evangelical; J. L. Archibald.
Methodist; T. C. Tiffenny, Presbyterian;
William II. Van Dorn. Centenary Meth
odist; J. W. Koehler, First Evangelical;
E. L. McFader, Portland Y. M. C. A.;
A. E. Bulgin, soloist; G. A. Gantenbeirv.
East Side Baptist; V. McMinn, United
Brethren: G. H. Zimmerman, Methodist;
R. S. Shelley, East Side Baptist; C. L.
Weaver, Centenary Methodist; Rev. T.
E, Davis. Interdenominational Church;
A. P. Scholl, First Evangelical: H. W.
Moore. Christian Church; R. E. Reed,
Christian Church; J. D. Carlton, Cen
tenary Methodist; J. F. Thome, Cen
tenary; J. A. May, Baptist: R- E. Allen,
Centenary; J. E. Young, Presbyterian:
J. H. H. Weavry, undenominational;
George S. Mundy, First United Evan
gelical; George E. Lewis, First United
Evangelical; Theodore Lee. First United
Evangelical; A. K. Bishop, East Side
Baptist: F. M. Shea, Catholic Church;
John A. Bingham, United Brethren:
Rev. A. B. Calder. pastor Trinity Meth
odist; II. G. Sonnemann, Centenary
Methodist; Rev. C. C. Poling, First
United Evangelical Church.
Columbia County Taxpayers' League Asks
a FewQuestions for Major H. L. Bowlby,
State Highway Engineer, to Answer.
To Major H. L. Bowlby, State Highway Engineer:
In The Oregonian of December 30 you make the statement that the charge made against
you of extravagance in the expenditure of the funds of this county are untrue. Inasmuch
as such charges have been made, not only of extravagance, but also of incompetency, will
you, through the columns of The Oregonian or other Portland papers, answer the following
questions ? :
(1) Is it true that after making a survey of the road from Clatsop County t3 Tide
Cre'ek, in Columbia County, you estimated 32.4 acres of heavy clearing along the right of
way and that up to December 1 the contractors had cleared 127.7 acres and that the con
tract price of same was $125 an acre ? ;
(2) If these figures are correct, do you consider that such estimates, made by a State
Highway Engineer, show incompetency or extravagance?
(3) Is it not a fact that on what is called the Marshland section of that road you
estimated, after your survey, that it would require 765 square rods of grubbing to cost,
under the contract, $956.25, and that up to September 1 there had been grubbed on this
9-mile section 3626 square rods at a cost of $4532.50?
(4) If these figures are correct, do you consider that they show incompetency, extrav
agance or deception? ir
(5) ' Is it true and do your records show that on this same 9-mile Marshland section you
estimated 4300 cubic yards of hardpan at a cost of $1720 and that up to September 1 there
had been removed 18,711 cubic yards at a cost of $7484.40?
(6) If these figures are correct, do you consider an engineer competent and careful
who could not estimate within 14,000 cubic yards of hardpan on a 9-mile stretch?
(7) If the figures contained in any of the above questions are not correct, will you ex
plain why those same figures are all approved for payment over your signature in the
office of the County Clerk of Columbia County? .
(8) If the figures in the above questions are correct and those estimates were made
by you in your capacity as State Highway Engineer do you still say that the charges of
extravagance and incompetency are untrue and that the petitions of the taxpayers of Colum
bia County, asking for your removal, "are just an aftermath of the recall election"?
Your full answer to these questions will be appreciated.
COLUMBIA COUNTY TAXPAYERS' LEAGUE.
By J. O. Watts, Pres.
T. M. Caples, Sec.
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